Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality / Edition 1

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Making Worlds brings together thirty-one distinguished feminist activists, artists, and scholars to address a series of questions that resonate with increasing urgency in our current global environment: How is space imagined, represented, arranged, and distributed? What are the lived consequences of these configurations? And how are these questions affected by gender and other socially constructed categories of "difference"—race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, nationality? How are the symbolic formations of place and space marked by cultural ideologies that carry across into the places and spaces we inhabit, the boundaries and institutions we maintain? In recent years these questions have occasioned intensifying debates, but they have seldom extended beyond the boundaries of individual academic disciplines or crossed the divide that has traditionally separated the academy from the "outside" world. Making Worlds both questions and traverses those divisions by combining personal essays, activist political rhetoric, oral history, poetry, iconography, and performance art with interdisciplinary academic discourses. Representing a wide range of perspectives, Making Worlds develops a provocative conversation about gender and spatiality in the interwoven symbolic and material environments we create. The contributors engage such issues as the body as site of symbolic action, fabrication, and desire; the place and play of sexualities; the cultural implications of everyday life—home, travel, work, childbirth, food, disease, and death; technology and mass media; surveillance, confinement, and the law; the dynamics of race and ethnicity; imperialism, oppression, and resistance; the politics of urban spaces; landscape and cultural memory; the experience of time; and the nature of "Nature." For students and scholars in cultural studies, geography, literary criticism, anthropology, history, and women's studies, it offers new ways of thinking about space, place, and the spatial contexts of social thought and action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816517800
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hardy Aiken is a professor of English at the University of Arizona and author of Isak Dinesen and the Engendering of Narrative. Ann Brigham is an assistant professor of English and Women's Studies at Roosevelt University. Sallie A. Marston is an associate professor of geography and regional development at the University of Arizona and co-author of Places and Regions in Global Context.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Locating the Issues 11
1 Geographic Metaphors in Feminist Theory 13
2 Making Sense of the World 31
3 Reading Marginality 45
4 Motion, Stasis, and Resistance to Interlocked Oppressions 49
5 Jews, African Americans, and Urban Space: Constructing Progressive Alliances 53
6 On Location 60
Pt. 2 Bodies Politic 67
7 The Production of Abstract Space 69
8 Codes of Law and Bodies of Color 90
9 Specular Morality, the War on Drugs, and Anxieties of Visibility 110
10 Bodies in Democratic Public Space: An Eighteenth-Century Perspective 128
11 Sightings, Sites, and Speech in Women's Construction of a Nationalist Voice in Tanzania 141
Pt. 3 The Place of the Letter: An Epistolary Exchange 161
Pt. 4 A Different Script: Constructing Moral Geographies 203
12 Feminist Ethics in a World of Moral Multiplicity: Dimensions and Boundaries 205
13 The View from Waist High 215
14 A Feminine World: Pueblo Spaces 221
15 Locked In or Locked Out or Holding Both Ends of a Slippery Pole: Confusion of Metaphors, Collaborations, and Intellectual Travesties 227
16 Silence and Subjectivity (A Position Paper) 243
Pt. 5 Sites and Spectacles 253
17 Poems from Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert 255
18 Confinements: The Domestic in the Discourses of Upper-Middle-Class Pregnancy 258
19 Civilization, Barbarism, and Nortena Gardens 274
20 Dancing for Dollars 288
21 Reflections on Upward Mobility: Performance Spaces, Critical Practice, and the Spectacle of Flight 294
22 Telling Time: Time, Metaphor, Feminism 302
Source Acknowledgments 309
Contributors 311
Index 317
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